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Hooniverse Weekend of Weird Ass Crap: The Forgotten Fiberglass Edition

LongRoofian December 16, 2012 All Things Hoon, Weekend Edition 18 Comments

So this olelongrooffan would suspect that many of my fellow Hoons are wondering just what the hell this Weekend of Weird Ass Crap is and how it came about. Well, usually the esteemed Mr. Brennan keeps we contributors to all things Hoon apprised as to what wonderful things he as planned for the upcoming weekend. Well, this week and weekend he was suspiciously silent and anyway about midday on Saturday we realized UDMan was AWOL and Resident Funny Man Emslie said “WTF, let’s hijack this weekend and Have A Weird Ass Crap Weekend.” And  the fun was condoned by the Hooniverse Overlords and fun has ensued thus far between said Funny Man, our Finnish Hoon and this olelongrooffan, although I am confident others will join the festivities. It is interesting because for the longest time I have been trying to determine a way to introduce Geoff Hacker and his Forgotten Fiberglass fascination to my fellow Hoons and I would suspect this is as good as time as any.

Geoff Hacker, as well as one of his cohorts, Rick D’Louhy (who incidentally is the major promoter of the Daytona Dream Cruise my fellow Hoons have read about based on some of this olelongrooffan’s visits to that great event here in the World Center of Racing) have been chasing Forgotten Fiberglass around this country, and beyond, for years. 

Now for those who aren’t aware of this phenomenon, after WWII, the interest in sports cars in the US took off, mainly based on the exposure to US GI’s over in Europe who saw the sporty cars that were offered to the general public versus the land barges available here in the states, prewar WWII.

After those dudes returned, the market for automobiles was forever changed, especially as it related to more unique automobiles. With the introduction of war based materials, especially light weight fiberglass, pretty much every Hoon who had any sense of craftsmanship was constructing his own version of his light weight sports car, regardless of its underpinnings. 

And that defines Geoff Hacker’s goal. To find as many of these one offs, although there were in fact many built in limited numbers by some more affluent individuals, that were constructed by one of my fellow Hoons grandpap in his back yard. I totally would suspect there is one in Mad_Science’s hereditary lineage, probably financed by our Chief Blooger’s old maid great aunt.

But in all seriousness, yeah right, this is a Holy Grail for Geoff and he is well known in many established circles. See that Kurtis Omohundro in the above image? Jay Leno interviewed Geoff about it after Geoff Hacker was successful in gaining entry to the Pebble Beach Concours with it in the past couple years. And as far as the lines on that Norman Tibbs beauty in the first image? Now my fellow Hoons, I don’t care what you say, for mid 1950’s styling, it doesn’t get any better than that one off creation. And no damn styling team designed that one. That was one man’s vision and like it or not, it screams, Look At Me.

Now, these weren’t sports cars as defined by a Jaguar Xk120 or a Morris Garages TCD but by larger American terms in that there was a full frame and a lightweight body. I mean, just take a look at that creation in the above image and tell me it doesn’t look hot. Well, maybe squashed Cadillac hot but this is something some dude thought up and built. What can be more Hooniworthy of respect than this?

Well, I’ve stumped all I can for these works of creation. Check out Geoff’s Forgotten Fiberglass by clicking on that highlight and then move on to Hemming’s links to all that is Forgotten but now recognized.

Hope this little bit of Weird Ass Crap has hooked some of my fellow Hoons up with something you have not previously been aware of existing.

Don’t worry though, Big Jim 1 will be kicking all of us out of his Weekend Edition House come real soon.

Images Courtesy of Hemmings Blog.

  • Sjalabais

    Loony toons!

  • owl

    Thank OLRF – always a pleasure to learn some things new on this side of the pond

  • Tom Lee

    I think those cars just say "Look at me" and awe at what it took to
    1. realize what it took to even dream up this design
    2. realize what it took to make it come to reality
    3. what great fun it would be to drive in the "Gas Light Parade" and park at the Bel Air complex.


    Here, just keep pulling this paper straight across the table while I design my next car….

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    Swoopy doopy designs is cool.

    • Rover1

      That is a cool graphic.Thanks for making me laugh! ; )

  • Van_Sarockin

    Those are some nicely executed bad ideas. I'm glad history has been preserved, but they send a shudder through me when I see them.

    Alright guys, you've made your point. You can let Jim out of the trunk now.

  • Joe Dunlap

    The first one, although I've seen it before and cant remember its name, has always intrigued me. There seems to be only one seam in the body, separating the front from the rear. Servicing anything under it must require lifting the entire front or rear of the body off the frame. I hope it has a few quick releases and hinges somewhere. Adding fluids (especially in a 50's engine) could be a real bitch. Or maybe the builder just routed all the fill points to the front seat area?

    • Vairship

      And how do you get into the driver's or passenger seat? Does it require using the Fosbury Flop?
      Because there aren't any doors, and stepping from the sidewalk straight into the cockpit seems quite a bit of a stretch.

    • Mad_Hungarian

      That is exactly what you do. That is the Norman Timbs Special, sometimes called Buick Special, built in the late 40's using enough Buick parts to justify the name — including a Buick straight engine mounted amidships, just over the driver's right shoulder, so to speak. The whole body hinges right behind the seats. See http://www.conceptcarz.com/z18217/Norman-Timbs-Sp

      Many people think it is gorgeous. To me, it only looks good straight on in front; from any other angle it seems out of proportion. It's a pretty good explanation of why no one else thought to build a mid engined straight-eight two-seater.

  • Hooniverse Weekend of Weird Ass Crap Observation Competition:

    There are five differences between these two images; see if you can find them all:

    Image #1)

    <img src="http://hooniverse.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/NormanTimbs_1500-700×376.jpg&quot; width="450/">

    Image #2)

    <img src="http://www.distractedbyair.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/blobfish.jpg&quot; width="450/">

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  • $kaycog

    This photo shows the pre-restoration of this 1948 Buick Streamliner. It sat for years in the high desert of California. http://www.oldcarsweekly.com/features/timbs_speci

    <img src="http://www.oldcarsweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Timbs-junkyard.jpg"width="500"/&gt;

    • Excellent Find $kaycog…Love the Hooniverse.

    • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

      Whoa, does BB know about that? Thanks!

      • $kaycog

        I would imagine so. He really knows his Buicks.

  • Devin

    The top image looks like it could be an "interactive public art exhibit"* in the middle of a park.

    *funny looking bench.

  • CamTailFan

    Use of the French Curve ruled these early designs of so called" QueerCraft "/ "Penciled Pelicans" /"Drawing Board Dilitations"
    You did not need an Art Center Auto Design degree to creat Your own FrankenFolly Ride !!. Seems many don't appreciate
    the true work effort it took to build a so called "one off" – beginning with the Buck(plug)actual full scale model from that penciled design!
    Also notice the lack of chiseled edges and indented scoopes – maybe OK for one, but not a well functioning mold suitable for more of
    your hopefully much in demand design rides. No wind tunnel testing then; however, smoke, lights &fans did work (a lot was borrowed
    from the aircraft industry) for those who wanted more than just a sculptured ride! Enough?!